Nickelodeon Japan (partially found various final sign-off footage of Japanese TV channel; 2009)

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The channel's Japanese logo.

Status: Partially Found

Nickelodeon Japan (ニコロデオン) was a children's television station operated by Viacom International from 1998 to 2009 for the Japanese TV market. The channel would air Japanese dubs of various American Nickelodeon shows such as SpongeBob SquarePants, The Fairly OddParents, Avatar: The Last Airbender, and Drake and Josh. This article is in regard to the channel's final sign-off on September 30th, 2009.


During the 1990s, the Nickelodeon brand was doing well in the United States. Viacom wanted to broadcast Nickelodeon programming to a wider audience and started to launch Nickelodeon channels around the world. Nick Japan launched in November 1998 to introduce Nickelodeon programming for a Japanese audience. The network aired many of Nickelodeon's programs between 1998 and 2009, dubbed in the Japanese language.


On September 30th, 2009, the same day that Nickelodeon internationally changed its logo and branding, Nick Japan went off the air due to declining viewership.[1] What's been saved from Nick Japan are recordings of the channel, as well as Wayback captures of the Nick Japan website from around 2006.

Between 2009 and 2018, several of Nick's shows instead aired on other channels, such as Disney XD, NHK, Hulu Japan, dTV-Channel Japan, and Prime Video.[2] SpongeBob SquarePants immediately moved over to MTV Japan, and later Animax under a new block called "NickTime".


There are three currently available videos rumored to be footage of the channel's shutdown. At least two of these have been confirmed to be real, leaving one of them disproven.

First Shutdown Video "SpongeBob"

Footage cuts out during a SpongeBob channel ID or Up Next bumper and goes immediately to color bars. This shutdown was originally uploaded onto the Japanese video sharing site NicoVideo by the user A58RG on 29 Sep 2009 at 00:30 JST.

Second Shutdown Video "Black/Color Bars"

After a Channel ID, footage cuts to black with color bar noise, and then shortly afterward, the color bars come in, slightly darker than normal. The Nickelodeon bug remains on the screen. After a while, it cuts to static. This was uploaded by YouTube user nickjp fan, whose account was created on the same day as the upload.

Third Shutdown Video "Bull and Red"

Following the credits for the "Bull and Red" short, an ident starring a dragon who chases a rolling orange pill plays. A black screen showing an error message "このチャンネルはありません。 P007" (This channel is not available.) P007 from the Sky PerfecTV! UI appears. After a minute, with the current time shown as 0:01, the electronic program guide is opened, saying "searching for information" then "information is not available". Two Japanese blog posts over the web that were published on September 30 and October 2, 2009, respectively, refer to the image of the dragon eating the pill as the last one that aired before the shutdown.[3][4]


First Nickelodeon Japan shutdown video. Provider: Hikari-one[5]

Second Nickelodeon Japan shutdown video. Provider: Unknown

Third Nickelodeon Japan shutdown video. Provider: SKY PerfecTV!

See Also

Anthology and Short Series

Bumpers and Promos


Game Shows

Inaugural Series

Live Action